BMW 6 Series

BMW 6 Series

  The BMW 6-Series began its life back in 1976 with the E24 6 Series and saw its second generation unfold in 2003 with the E63/E64 6 Series. This generation 6-Series was powered by a 3.0L inline-six engine (petrol and diesel), a 4.8L V8, and a 5.0L V10 BMW M6 engine. These engines were mated to a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic, and a seven-speed SMGIII. The third generation of the 6-Series is nearing with the first model appearing as the 650i Convertible. The vehicle will be powered by two gas engines: a 6 cylinder twin turbo engine producing 320hp at 5800rpm and a V8 twin turbo engine producing 407hp at 5500 rpm.

Following the recent passing of Hamann Motorsports founder, Richard Hamann , the company is abiding by his wishes of continuing with business as usual by releasing their first tuning package for the recently launched BMW 6-Series Convertible . This new package was just debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and comes with exterior and interior modifications, as well as a massive engine update.

Hamann dressed up the exterior of the new 6-Series with sporty-dynamic front and rear spoilers, new LED daytime running lights, new side skirts, and a set of Hamann’s EDITION RACE ANODIZED and ANNIVERSARY EVO wheels available in different sizes and designs depending on the customer’s request. The interior also received a transformation with components made of the finest black anodize aluminum, personalized foot mats, and pretty much anything else the customer so chooses.

The best part, though, comes as part of the engine setup. Hamann has juiced up the 6-Series’ 4.4-liter V8 engine by adding a sport exhaust system with four stainless steel tail pipes, as well as an ECU upgrade to increase the total output from 400 to 510 HP. Then they added a special suspension that drops the cabriolet’s center of gravity by up to 30 mm.

If there was something the Frankfurt Motor Show missed, it definitely was not tuning packages. TechArt , Hamann , Brabus , and Alpina , among others, all came out to play. AC Schnitzer was also there with not one, but two impressive packages: the 1-Series M Coupe and the second kit based on the BMW 6-Series Convertible .

For the 6-Series Convertible, the tuner is offering a performance upgrade that will increase the V8’s engine output from 407 to a whopping 540 HP. With the extra 133 HP, the BMW will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a 0.5 second improvement from the standard 4.9 seconds.

This power increase has been combined with a twin sports rear silencer with chromed "Sport Trim" tailpipe trims, an 8-pot high performance brake system for the front, and an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit.

For the exterior, the tuner is offering a new front spoiler, a chromed front grille and chrome decor strips, a rear skirt insert, and loading lip protection film. Then there’s the new set of 21" Type VIII forged alloy wheel in BiColor to round out the look from the outside. The interior gets covered in a matte space grey, and benefits from a sports airbag steering wheel, an AC Schnitzer "Black Line" aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, and AC Schnitzer aluminum foot rests and pedals.

BMW Gran Coupe M-Sport

The standard BMW Gran Coupe has been on many people’s wish lists since the concept first took to the floor of the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. However, those fans may want to put their purchases on hold for just a bit longer because our spy photographers have just captured the next variant of the 4-door Coupe while testing. The Gran Coupe fitted with the company’s M-Sport package should arrive just a few short months after the standard model’s 2012 debut and should be priced a little north of the standard model’s $75,000.

The standard Gran Coupe will be inspired by the Gran Coupe concept and will be built on the same platform as the 5-Series , meaning it will sit 4.4 inches longer than the 6-Series (116.8 vs 112.4). It will be powered by either a turbocharged Inline-6 developing 300 HP and 300 lbs/ft at 1400 rpm or a twin turbo V8 that puts out 400 HP and 450 lbs/ft at 1750 rpm.

As with all the other BMW models, the M-Sport package will add a bevy of accessories, including an M aerodynamic body styling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, a High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and black brake calipers. For the interior, the Gran Coupe with the M-Sport package will see sport seats and an M Sport multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel.

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Shortly after spotting the BMW Gran Coupe out and about, our spy photographers have now gotten a look at the 4-door Coupe’s next variant, which adds the obligatory M-Sport package . This special model should debut just a few short months after the standard Gran Coupe and will likewise get a bump in price from the standard’s $75,000 price tag.

The standard Gran Coupe will be inspired by the Gran Coupe concept and will be built on the same platform as the 5-Series, meaning it will sit 4.4 inches longer than the 6-Series (116.8 vs 112.4). This wheelbase is also mated to a frame which is wider than the standard 5-Series (74.9in vs 73.2in). In addition, it is 2 inches longer (197.1 in) than its competitor, the Mercedes CLS. It will be powered by either a turbocharged Inline-6 developing 300 HP and 300 lbs/ft at 1400 rpm or a twin turbo V8 that puts out 400 HP and 450 lbs/ft at 1750 rpm.

As with all the other BMW models, the M-Sport package will add a bevy of accessories, including an M aerodynamic body styling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, a High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and black brake calipers. For the interior, the Gran Coupe with the M-Sport package will see sport seats and an M Sport multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel.

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When Mercedes burst onto the automotive stage with the CLS 4 door coupe in 2004, a new vehicle type was born. This big 4 door "coupe" caused widespread approval and since its inception in 2004, the Mercedes has cornered the market. The field recently got a bit crowded when Audi introduced the A7 and now BMW has brought out their brand new 6-Series 4 door coupe. Although BMW was late to the party, details have just emerged about this latest BMW’s innards that almost guarantee it will be nothing short of stupendous.

BMW’s challenger to the Audi A7 and the Mercedes CLS first made an appearance at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show where it was known as the Gran Coupe. This new model is due to hit our shores sometime next year. We are intrigued by this four door coupe model because it is a first for BMW and our intrigue turns to salivation when we read about the thoroughness with which the Munich manufacturer has gone about designing this "coupe."

Hit the jump for the full story.

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Alas, BMW has not been tempting us with a model that will never see the light of day. Thankfully, they have come to their collective senses and decided to give us a BMW with a little personality. Okay, well, hopefully.

BMW has pushed the Gran Coupe concept through to production and not a moment too soon. With the Audi A7 lurking at the segment and the Mercedes CLS in its second version, BMW needed a star. Turns out, that star will be the Gran Coupe and will debut in 2012.

According to BMW Blog, the BMW Gran Coupe will be sold under the 6-Series badge and will share some of the features from that model line. However, the Gran Coupe will also keep some of the features that made the concept so attractive at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year including the frameless windows and B-pillar. The model will be available in an even mixture of gasoline and diesel engines with an ActiveHybrid also in the works.

More details on the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe after the jump.

We are all used to BMW launching a new model and, sometime after, getting that model its very own M-Sport package. True to this statement, the company has already decorated the 6-Series with its sporty add-ons as proven by the first leaked image that found its way on the internet. The BMW 6-Series M-Sport’s official debut should be made any day at either the Shanghai or New York Auto Show.

There are still no other details on this package, but the M-Sport package usually adds a sportier appearance to the Beamer. Expect to see the usual M-Sport elements: front bumper, rear diffuser, side skirts, wheels, and dark chrome tail pipes. This leaked image also reveals larger air intakes and a set of LED foglights.

The same sportier treatment will also be applied to the interior with an exclusive Alcantara combination, an M leather steering wheel, M door sills, an M foot rest, an M shift knob, and sets of decorative trim for the dashboard and door panels.

UPDATE 07/01/2011: BMW has revealed the first official images and details on the BMW 6-Series equipped with the M Sport package. As you might have expected, the special package adds an M aerodynamic bodystyling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, a High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and black brake calipers. For the interior, the BMW will get Anthracite headlining, an aluminum Hexagon trim, Sport seats, and an M Sport multi-function leather rimmed steering wheel.

Hit the jump to watch Fifth Gear’s review of the BMW 6-Series M-Sport.

Last year, at the Beijing Auto Show, BMW unveiled the Gran Coupe concept , an elegant 4-door vehicle that previewed the company’s future Mercedes-Benz CLS competitor. Shortly after, the company announced it would be followed by a production version sometime in the first quarter of 2012. Now, a series of patent images have been revealed that illustrate what the production version may look like. Yes, you guessed it, it’s actually very similar to the concept.

The new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe will be placed between the current 5 and 7-Series and will keep some of the features that made the concept so attractive at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, including the frameless windows and B-pillar. We expect to see the same range of turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder engines, but an ActiveHybrid is also in the works.

If these rumors are correct, we should expect a production version at the beginning of 2012, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The new generation of the BMW 6-Series Cabrio may be reveling in the glow of its unveiling, but not everyone follows the out with the old and in with the new way of life. Lumma Design, for example, isn’t bothering with developing a new package for the next generation Cabrio, but is instead revitalizing an older version for all of us that would like to feel that our old cars can still feel like new. The E64 6-Series is all polished and ready to go, sporting a new ’do in the form of added features for the exterior and interior.

The updated BMW can now be seen wearing a new front bumper, a matching rear apron, a new rear wing, and a new set of 21" polished chrome three-part sport rims. Other add-ons, like the front grille and exterior mirror casings, are sharpened up with the use of carbon fiber. At the back, the convertible makes good use of the 4-pipe sports exhaust system filtering out the power from the eight-cylinder power unit developing 360 HP.

Lumma Design didn’t leave the interior untouched as they added an ergonomically shaped and flattened steering wheel trimmed with carbon and leather, white instrument dials and seat belts, an aluminum pedal set, door sills, a dash panel, a handbrake handle, and seat back shells trimmed in real carbon.

It may not be the brand spanking new 6-Series Cabrio, but this finished product is worth a glance or two.

Barely a week has passed since BMW first pulled the covers off of the 2012 6-Series Coupe and we already have the first tuning company that’s prepared a new aerodynamic package for the car. Say what you want about German tuning firm Prior Design, but they certainly are capable of burning the midnight oil to prepare a program for the 6er faster than you can say ’BMW’.

Judging by the images lined up in a collage fashion, Prior Design looks to have given the 6-Series Coupe a number of new changes, including a redesigned front bumper fascia that’s adorned with LED driving lights inside the air intakes. There’s also a lower lip spoiler that looks to have been made out of carbon fiber and a new bonnet that boasts of air vents on both sides. The fenders on the sides also appear to have been redesigned with new side grilles and side skirts while the rear bumper fascia has also been modified to go with new carbon fiber exhaust tips and a small diffuser. Rounding out the aerodynamic modifications on the 6-Series Coupe is a set of matte black-finished wheels that we’re estimating to be about 18" to 20".

Unfortunately, the German tuning firm has yet to release their performance upgrade on the car, but rest assured, we’re expecting nothing less of a barn burner. Hopefully, Prior Design comes out with all the juicy details sooner than later.


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